Monday 23 October 2017

Turtle hidden in burger in wild smuggling tactic

Box turtle in flower bed
Box turtle in flower bed

Airport security in Guangzhou’s international stopped a man, identified only by his surname Li, on Monday attempting to smuggle his pet turtle disguised as a hamburger.

The X-ray machine first spotted the odd dimensions of the KFC sandwich inside of the opportunist traveller’s bag.

And despite the smuggler’s denials that the burger was anything but edible, airport staff discovered – and detained – the little reptile.

Chinese internet bloggers showed their concern for the creature, who was left behind as Mr Li continue his trip to Beijing alone.

"That poor turtle," wrote one. "It had to absorb all those X-rays!"

It is not the first bizarre case of its kind involving the transport of live creatures.

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